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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau "Peach Blossom" Cameo Glass Vase

Argy-Rousseau's "Peach Blossom" Cameo Glass vase features red peach blossoms with cream and purple centers that adorn the black branches encircling the cream ground with interspersed green, orange and purple mottling. Rousseau peach blossom vase was likely meant to be a chinoiserie, as the peach blossom was a staple of Chinese art. After the fall of the last Chinese Dynasty in 1911, Chinese art experienced a renewed vogue in Europe. Peach blossoms had been the muses of Chinese literati for centuries, often associated with love and marriage. “The Beautiful Peach” (“Tao Yao”), a poem from the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry, starts with the praise of peach blossoms as a metaphor for the charm of a bride.

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Item #: G-20850
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Country: France
Circa: 1920
Dimensions: 5" height, 5" diameter
Signed: On the side of the vase “G. Argy-Rousseau”
Literature: A similar vase is pictured in "G. Argy-Rousseau Glassware As Art", by Janine Bloch-Dermant, in the catalog raisonne section pg. 181, figure 20.04.

After the Wei and Jin dynasties (220–589), peach blossoms became used in idioms regarding beauty, with phrases like taohua mian (peach-blossom-like face) or tao sai (peach-blossom-like cheek).